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Improving Your DSL Connection
By: Gabor Bernat
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    Table of Contents:
  • Improving Your DSL Connection
  • The Theory
  • More Factors to Consider
  • Solutions
  • cFosSpeed
  • Conclusions

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    Improving Your DSL Connection - cFosSpeed

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    To investigate more ways we can improve our download speed, we pop over to an interesting product. It's called cFosSpeed. It's already at version 4.2, which suggests that it's more than a marketing gimmick. After you install it, your first impression will confirm this. For openers, you get a nice little user interface, with a jumping icon in the right corner of your skin. It has a pretty straight-to-business attitude. I'll try to display the same attitude in analyzing it, so let's start with the results.

    I measured the impact of the application with the ultra-popular site  www.speedtest.net. Check out the results; I've taken measurements on two servers to increase the overall accuracy of the results.

    1. Before cFosSpeed without file transfer:

    1. Before cFosSpeed during the file transfer:

    1. AFTER cFosSpeed - Aimed at Bandwidth:

      1. Without file transfer:

      1. During the file transfer:

    1. AFTER cFosSpeed - Aimed at Ping Times:


    You might have noticed that I left out the "after" results during file transfer. I've done this because the results were almost completely the same as they were beforehand without file transfer, so to save space I decided not to include another screen shot. 

    Let me explain the results. If you are pursuing higher bandwidth, and here we're talking about raw KB/S, then this program won't solve your problem. It managed to get a few extra bits in but not enough to clearly improve our download speed. This could be mainly because my ISP does quite a good job and I'm close to the 87 percent efficiency of the technology.

    I observed that the speed meter built into the program fails to deliver an accurate speed measurement. It shows constantly a speed around 330KB/S-320KB/s, while I had 320-310KB/s, measured with some trustworthy programs like DuMeter. This is the usual method used in some other so-called "download managers;" they show some higher speeds, but the actual speed is lower. 

    Some good results can be observed when we look at the ping speeds. My ping time instantly improved to around 10ms; during file transfer this could be double the speed without the program. This program is a must-have for any gamer that suffers from low ping times.

    As a side note, here are the specifications of the test environment. Of course all  unnecessary applications were closed during the tests. For the file transfer period I filled my download bandwidth by downloading AVG Antivirus 7.5 from software-downloads.

    • Operating System: Clean Install of Windows XP SP2 Build 2600
    • Browser Used: Mozilla Firefox
    • Net Type: ADSL 3 Mbit/s net provided by ARtelecom

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